This is my eighteen-year anniversary of Living Light. My passion for candles and aroma, design and craftsmanship, continues to blossom and evolve with each new discovery I make in this world of fragrance and wax.

My love affair with aroma began as a young child. Mum baking bread and the warm and fresh yeast aromas, delighted and nurtured me. Frankincense, the mystic scent pervading as the priest walked down the isle and blessed us. Or the sweet green smell of the grass freshly mowed on a summer’s day to ignite the thought of freedom and playfulness. These olfactory memories still evoke me to this day.

I immigrated to New Zealand in the early eighties with my fashion design business, from the states. I feel blessed to live and work in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I am thankful to be a New Zealander and this reflects in Living Light –New Zealand Made. I am proud to offer rewarding employment to my community, Golden Bay. I work with a wonderful team who give their passion and skills to making exquisite candles, and ambient home aromas for all of you to enjoy.

Over the course of years we have been carefully and without compromise, choosing and creating, a sophisticated pallet of fragrances and essential oil blends for our collection. Through the art of aroma we endeavor to offer an exquisite pallet of nurturing, natural, precious and rare olfactory experiences.

Our candles are made from 100% natural Soy, Plant and Bees Wax. We have spent hundreds of hours, testing for the perfect cotton wick to match the fragrance and wax combination, as this is the key to a quality, burning candle.

As a New Zealand Company, we choose to purchase our labels and our packaging from other New Zealand Made companies. When you purchase or receive a Living Light Candle or ambient product, know that it has been crafted with love, care and excellence.

Wishing you love and light!



Proudly New Zealand Made

As a major local employer, we support our local community.


Design and Product Excellence

Each candle is an original design, handcrafted to perfection.


Environmental Awareness

We use natural wax and fragrances that are biodegradable and burn carbon-free. Sustainable production processes are applied.


Natural Indulgence

Our product is a nurturing experience, enhancing the home and work environment and making an exquisite gift for someone we love.

Cynthia Baur / Director

I receive great pleasure from the simplicity and natural beauty of my environment. I am fortunate to live in such a wondrous place as Golden Bay and grow a business, which gives employment to our rural community through the ancient art of candle making.  My vision is to remain a Golden Bay company offering world class New Zealand-made candle and ambient products – a gift of affordable luxury, which reflects natural living, inspires the senses and nurtures the human spirit.

Jan Jackson / Customer Sales & Service

My role at Living Light is an extremely varied one and can certainly be challenging at times . . . but the most rewarding part of my work involves liasing with customers and helping them select from our fantastic range of products, which I am passionate about. It gives me great satisfaction knowing they are receiving a top quality, handmade NZ product, with service to match.

Rene / Aministration


Ngaire Fisher / Product Developer

Being a so-called perfectionist has its value in product development, as finding the perfect wick can be challenging… The fun part is in the intuitive ‘playing’ with colours and fragrances, allowing these elements to speak to me!

Debbie Salmon / Dispatch/Production Co-ordinator


Katrina Dobbie / Master Candle Maker


Shemaya / Candle Maker


Ryoko / Candle Maker


Luz Hill / Labeling coordinator

I love working at Living Light because of the gorgeous, beautiful and different kinds of candles, especially the wonderful frgargrances!

Sarah Grace / Dispatch

I have come back to work at Living Light Candles after several years away on other adventures! I am working in Dispatch and at our Tukurua Gallery. I enjoy attention detail, and working with such aesthetically pleasing products, within our small, friendly, creative team. I am also studying Aromascience, and love being able to work with the many essential oils we use to fragrance our candles and other products.

Jude Biggs / Nelson Store Manger

I really enjoy my role as manager of our Nelson Gallery and it is a pleasure and a privilege to work for a local company that creates beautiful handcrafted products.